Keeping in Touch

Online Service: Harvest Thanksgiving (25 Oct)

You can watch previous services here 

 

Choosing new frames at the opticians is never easy. Because I'm so short-sighted, last week I resorted to taking several 'selfies' so I could see what each of the contenders looked like. After gauging family opinions, a further appointment settled on the rights ones.

It reminded me of the healing of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar who called out to Jesus and was able to see again (Mark 10:46-51). Sometimes we all need to see things more clearly - to see life from God's perspective. And like us, for Bartimaeus, it was not just his faith in Jesus that restored him. It was the question Jesus asked him - and it's one he asks each of us too: 'What do you want me to do for you?'

Yours in prayer, Richard

This Coming Sunday (1 Nov)

As we mark All Saints and All Souls (see also below), you are welcome to join us at…

  • 9.30am Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Teignmouth 
  • 10.00am Holy Communion at St John’s, Bishopsteignton 
  • 10.30am Morning Worship at St James', Teignmouth  
  • 11.30am Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Teignmouth 
  • 4.30pm Evensong at St John's, Luton - followed by First Things First (see below)

On Tuesday 9.30am Holy Communion at St Michael’s.

When coming to church, please wear a face covering. You will also be asked to maintain social disatncing, sanitise your hands and provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace.  

Our current Online Service is a special Harvest Service with a reflection from the Bishop of Exeter. Click the link at the top of the page to watch it and watch previous ones here.

Open for Personal Prayer

  • St Michael’s, Teignmouth is open 10am-2pm on Tuesdays
  • St Mary’s, Ideford is open 10am-4pm on Wednesdays and 2nd & 4th Sundays
  • St John’s, Bishopsteignton is open 10am-12 noon on Wednesdays

There is also a Quiet Space in the churchyard at St John’s, Bishopsteignton which is open all day, every day for anyone to use.

First Things First

Our next monthly Team Prayer Meeting will be on Sunday 1st November at 5pm at St Mary's, Ideford (immediately after the evening service). Everyone is welcome, regardless of which church community you belong to. It will last about 30-45 minutes.

All Saints and All Souls

On Sunday 1st November at our morning services, in church and on-line, we will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints giving thanks for those men and women in whose lives the church as a whole has seen the grace of God powerfully at work. Later in the day All Souls or the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed allows us to remember with thanksgiving before God those we have known personally.

This Year, St John’s in Bishopsteignton and St Michael’s in Teignmouth will be open between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday 1st November. We are inviting anyone in our congregations to come to church and if they wish light a candle in remembrance. Prayers will be said on the hour and half hour and the names of departed loved ones will be read out. If you have people you would like to be remembered at this time please let us know - either the Team Office or one of the Clergy and indicating whether Bishopsteignton or Teignmouth. We will also be inviting the families of those for whom we have conducted funerals, in the past year.

Ribbons of Remembrance

As a visual way of showing our memory of other people, please feel free to take a piece of ribbon and tie it to the railings or gate at any of our churches in memory of someone anytime from 1-14 November. Do add a name or message if you wish.

Shoebox appeals

There are two appeals taking place this year, despite the impact of Covid-19. In Bishopsteignton, shoeboxes will be given to Christian Response in Eastern Europe and in Teignmouth to Samaritan’s Purse. Click here for more details.

Praying at home

Information and resources can be downloaded here and Compline (Night Prayer) is available every day. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the clergy.

If you have a specific prayer request please send details to Mervyn Niblett, Team Administrator. He will pass it on in strict confidence to the clergy for their prayers. The clergy will also be happy to pray over the phone so please do contact them

We appreciate this is a time of concern and please be assured of our prayers and support.

 

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